Posted by cybercafe on March 23, 2003, at 16:25:13
In reply to A word about chiropractors, posted by whiterabbit on March 22, 2003, at 13:35:26
how about... osteopaths?
> I know that some people swear by their chiropractor, that a chiropractor was able to provide them with significant relief from back or neck pain when other doctors could not.
> I say if this works for you, too, that's fine. But first you really should be checked out by an orthopedic doctor to make sure there is no injury or deformity in your spine. NEVER allow a chiropractor to treat you for a serious medical condition like adolescent scoliosis, spina bifida, pars defect, vetebral or spinal cord injury. And DON'T have x-rays taken in a chiropractor's office. In over 20 years, I don't believe I've seen a single x-ray from a chiropractor's office that was worth a damn. The x-rays they churn out are usually taken by a person unlicensed to use radiologic equipment (which includes the chiropractor) with old, unsafe machines, and the film is usually processed in over-used or contaminated chemicals. As a result, the x-ray film is worthless, not the accurate diagnostic tool it's supposed to be. So why do the chiropractors bother? Because there's big money in x-rays. And what the patient pays for is useless crap, x-rays that no radiologist or othopedist would even consider using in a patient evaluation.
> Umm, sorry. This has always been a pet peeve of mine, but I do know what I'm talking about!